June 02, 2004

Diversions of the Day

I'm feeling too lazy to write anything substantive right now (well, on my blog, anyway), so here are some links:

  • A Canadian academic is seeking the music that accompanied Shakespeare's plays. (via ArtsJournal)
  • Who defeated the Spanish Armada: Sir Francis Drake, or the Turks?
  • The Telegraph reviews The Italian Boy, Sarah Wise's account of the wonderful world of corpse-snatching.
  • Scott McLemee reports on Michel Thaler's Le Train de Nulle Part (or The Train from Nowhere), a novel without verbs; his article was inspired by this piece from The Sydney Morning Herald.
  • In New York Magazine, Clive Thompson describes a neat little art forgery scheme.
  • The Boston Globe ideas section looks at the revival of Raphael Patai's 1973 book The Arab Mind in intelligence circles.
  • A recent "improbable research" column in The Guardian looks at the Habsburg lip and other genetic deformities, discussing a topic that Susan wrote about back in February. (via the Improbable Research blog)
  • What's the legacy of Mikhail Sholokhov, the Nobel-winning author of The Quiet Don? The Moscow Times investigates.
  • Thought for the day: "I prefer Kerry's flaw to Gore's. Gore oversimplified things. Kerry overcomplicates them. The latter may be cowardly, but I don't think it's dishonest." From a discussion of political ads between Slate's Jacob Weisberg and Will Saletan.


Posted by Ed at June 2, 2004 11:57 AM

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